Dave Meltzer says all of AKA will eventually be cut!!
I talked to Dave as soon as this happened, and I guess he called Dana White right after that, because Dave hadn't heard about it when I first talked to him. Anyway, here's what he said (just posted on his site), and it's EXTREMELY interesting.
"After a blow-up over the merchandise contract between UFC President Dana White and Duane Zinkin and Bob Cook of Zinkin Entertainment, which represents a slew of UFC fighters, mostly out of the American Kickboxing Association gym in San Jose, the UFC cut Jon Fitch and Christian Wellisch today.
Fitch, who headlined the 8/19 PPV show in Minneapolis against Georges St. Pierre in a welterweight title challenge, had been scheduled to face Akihiro Gono on the 1/31 show in Las Vegas. Fitch co-holds the UFC record for most consecutive wins, with eight, with Royce Gracie and Anderson Silva.
The argument stemmed from Zinkin and Cook advising their clients not to sign the UFC's merchandising agreement, which gives the company lifetime merchandising rights to the fighters.
While not cut yet, without a resolution, White will be cutting Cain Velasquez, the heavyweight who many considered the future of the division, as well as Josh Koscheck. Koscheck will not be cut right now because White felt that by Koscheck saving the company by taking the fight with Thiago Alves on 10/25 on less than two weeks notice, they owed him at least one more fight. Plus, it would be difficult to replace him since he is scheduled for the main event, against Yoshiyuki Yoshida, on 12/10 in Fort Bragg on the next Spike TV "Fight for the Troops" special.
The other major Zinkin Entertainment fighter, Mike Swick, signed the merchandise deal and is in no danger of being dropped"
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